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Israel, UK team up to improve English education
The Times of Israel
Israel: The Israeli education minister and his British counterpart signed a cooperative agreement aimed at providing more training for English teachers in Israel, the Education Ministry announced. The initiative is not, however, expected to lead to a sea change in English language instruction in the country.
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Compliance or engagement: When are students truly engaged in class?
By Erick Herrmann
In the classroom, the importance of student engagement is paramount. If students are not engaged in the tasks at hand, they are not likely learning what we are teaching and what we expect them to learn and be able to do. Given that, what does student engagement look like in the classroom? What does it sound like? What are some tools to keep students engaged in the lesson and tasks at hand? The answers to these questions can be complex, given that we are dealing with human beings.
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A poverty, not education, crisis in U.S.
USA Today
The latest results of the Program for International Student Assessment — which measures the knowledge and skills of 15-year-old students in math, reading and science — were released last week, and once again Finland is near the top. True, this time students in Asia claimed many of the top spots. But Finland's system remains one of the world's highest-performing, with its universal preschool program, site-based management and dislike of standardized testing often cited for its success. By comparison, U.S. student scores remained in the middle of the pack. But the most telling difference between Finns and Americans when it comes to education is child poverty.
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5 tips to keep kids learning during the holidays
ED.gov Blog (commentary)
Holiday and winter breaks are just weeks away, and while students and teachers will get a well-deserved break from the classroom, it doesn't mean children need to stop learning.

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Cutting to the Common Core: Making vocabulary No. 1
Language Magazine
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) call upon students to tackle increasingly complex informational and narrative texts and articulate their comprehension using academic register. Beyond the primary grades, developing readers must digest detailed concepts.

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Language teachers use visual cues to engage students
The Columbus Dispatch
The second-graders applauded, cheered and even screamed for Scott Koehler's language-arts lesson. The teacher at Hamilton Elementary in Ohio explained the differences between fiction and nonfiction as he clapped, gestured and pointed to his eyes.

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Budget deal could offer school districts relief from sequestration
Education Week
School districts would get some relief from the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration under an agreement announced Tuesday by a bipartisan pair of House and Senate negotiators. The plan would roll back most of the so-called sequester cuts for the next two years, leaving the door open for federal lawmakers to boost spending on disadvantaged children and students in special education.
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Are teachers being set up for failure? You decide
eSchool News
Teacher preparation programs are leaving teachers to fend for themselves and to discover their own path to classroom management instead of relying on "proven" strategies based on research, according to a new report. And this philosophy, says one group, will lead to classroom inefficiency at best and lack of student achievement at worst. The report, "Training Our Future Teachers: Classroom Management," was conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality, a research and policy group often criticized by teacher colleges as "methodologically flawed" and "ideologically based." NCTQ is a Gates-funded initiative that is part of the "corporate school reform" movement, and it advocates for tougher teacher evaluation practices and methods.
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Teacher and principal evaluation for improvement or a score?
Education Week
New principal and teacher evaluation systems are being implemented. Their intention is to guarantee that the best educators are in the profession and are continually improving. They do this by clarifying high standards of performance and the steps necessary to get there. Products developed by professional consultants and researchers in the areas of leadership and teaching had their products vetted and then approved for use. The evaluation tools are in checklist or rubric format, on paper and/or in digital format. Whichever the design, the intention is the same, to improve teaching, learning and leading.
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Cutting to the Common Core: Making vocabulary No. 1 (Language Magazine)

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School districts face Common Core test tech requirements
U.S. News & World Report
If you're reading this, you're connected to the Internet. It's a connection many people take for granted in the age of tablets, smartphones and Wi-Fi-enabled televisions. Users expect Web pages to load swiftly and videos to stream seamlessly. A strong digital connection is a luxury not found in most high schools, though. In fact, 72 percent of U.S. public schools lack the broadband connection needed to sustain digital learning, according to EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit group.
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11 foreign education policies that could transform American schools
The Huffington Post
We learned the results of the latest PISA (Program for International Student Assessment), and American students performed the same on the well-regarded international exam as they have for the past ten years — completely stagnant, smack dab in the middle of the spectrum. They scored slightly above average in reading, average in science and below average in math. Meanwhile, students in the Chinese province, Shanghai, dominated the exam, earning the top spot in all three categories.
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Jakarta to keep English in schools
The Jakarta Post
Indonesia: Although English is not included in the elementary school 2013 curriculum, the Jakarta administration has ensured that its students have the opportunity to learn the language as an extracurricular subject. Jakarta Education Agency head Taufik Yudi Mulyanto said that English would be a compulsory extracurricular subject for gifted students. According to him, English may be less necessary for elementary schools in remote areas but students in big cities like Jakarta needed it and elementary schools, including state-run ones, would have no difficulty in realizing the scheme.
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Washington, D.C., charter serving adult English learners earns national honor
Education Week
The first charter school in the nation to serve adult learners — and one that specifically serves immigrants — was recently honored for its work by the Migration Policy Institute. The Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, in the District of Columbia, has been around for more than 40 years, evolving from a neighborhood English as a second language program into a charter school that serves about 3,000 students each year. The school, which has been a charter since 1998, now offers adult basic education and workforce training, along with ESL courses and a range of support services.
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SFUSD provides services for families who are still learning English
San Francisco Examiner
Chances are if you are reading this column right now, you read English pretty well. But many students in the San Francisco Unified School District have families who are still learning to read or speak English. Imagine this: What would your parent-teacher conference be like if you didn't speak the same language as your child's teacher? How would you get involved in school governance or volunteering?
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'Proficiency is not beyond reach'
The Korea Times
Korea: Despite the frenzy for English learning which is the cause of immense investment among Korean parents as well as students, Korea still remains one of the weak nations in English proficiency. The English Proficiency Index calculated by Education First ranked Korea 24th with 53.46 points among 60 countries. EPI is an index of English ability, based on a test taken by 750,000 adults around the world last year. It analyzes English proficiency trends over a six-year period from 2007 that has seen intense investment in English language learning.
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5 tips to keep kids learning during the holidays
ED.gov Blog (commentary)
Holiday and winter breaks are just weeks away, and while students and teachers will get a well-deserved break from the classroom, it doesn't mean children need to stop learning. Here are a few tips to keep children's minds sharp and challenged during their break, and it might just prevent cabin fever: Ask your child's teacher or search online for worksheets or projects that can be done over the holidays. For 20 to 30 minutes a day, review with your child math concepts, spelling words, or sentence structure. You can also work together in starting a cool science project.
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Don't make these mistakes with flipped learning
eSchool News
Flipped learning has taken off in classrooms across the country, but what many educators are realizing is that the new toy feeling of videos as homework is wearing off. The reason: You can't re-package stale teaching techniques as something new. To get the most out of flipped learning, the trick is in the design. During a recent edWeb.net webinar on flipping the science classroom, Marc Seigel, a chemistry teacher at Middletown High School in Middletown, N.J., explained how four years ago, the concept of flipped learning was intriguing and just catching on.
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